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pray tell

set phrase Please tell me (about something). Pray tell, will your lovely wife be accompanying you to the gala this evening? A: "Sir, we have received news of the king's response." B: "Pray tell!"
See also: pray, tell

family that prays together stays together

Prov. Families who practice religion together will not break apart through divorce or estrangement. Mother believed that the family that prays together stays together and insisted that we all say prayers every night.
See also: family, pray, stay, that, together

pray for someone or something

1. to beseech God, or some other deity, on behalf of someone or something. I will pray for you to recover from your illness quickly. As the fire spread throughout the old church, the congregation prayed for its preservation.
2. to ask God, or some other deity, to grant something. The family prayed for David's safety. All the people prayed for peace.
See also: pray

pray over something

1. to say grace over a meal. Do you pray over your meals? We prayed over dinner just after we sat down to eat.
2. to seek divine guidance about something through prayer. I will have to think about it and pray over it awhile. I'll have an answer next week. She prayed over the problem for a while and felt she had a solution.
See also: over, pray

pray to someone or something

to utter prayers of praise or supplication to some divine or supernatural being or something. I pray to God that all this works out. The high priest prayed to the spirits of his ancestors that the rains would come.
See also: pray

pray to the porcelain god

Sl. to kneel at the toilet bowl and vomit from drunkenness. Wally spent a while praying to the porcelain god last night. I think I have to go pray to the porcelain god.
See also: god, porcelain, pray

pray to the porcelain god

and pray to the enamel god
in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (Refers to being on one’s knees [praying] in front of a porcelain toilet bowl.) Wayne was in the john, praying to the enamel god.
See also: god, porcelain, pray

pray to the enamel god

See also: enamel, god, pray
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I pray the coffee that cools on the stove is not the only reason to
Prayer has been the focus of considerable research including the relationship of prayer to psychological well being (Leondari and Gialamas, 2009), its use in marital therapy (Sullivan and Karney, 2008), and the personality profiles/demographic factors of persons most likely to pray (Francis and Robbins, 2008; Baker, 2008).
We are asking people to choose one friend or family member for whom they will pray every day and buy them an egg this Monday as a reminder to pray for them.
I think religion has caused far too much heartache around the world for me to want to pray to any God.
church service in Korean at West Hills Presbyterian Church to pray for the people of North Korea.
Let us come together as one people to pray for each other and for healing the hurt we have caused each other," said a written invitation to the gathering, dubbed A: Se Tyotahsawen (A New Start).
Please pray that God will make us zealous in our faith, so that we may carry on the work which you began with so much suffering.
And do you mind if I ask what exactly you pray for?
In the new study, agricultural economist Carl Pray of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.
Some said they had come not only to pray for John Paul, but to pray to him.
As our nation faces the task of voting and selecting leadership this November I hear God's voice telling us to pray intently for the proper leaders to be elected.
Men unafraid to weep and pray in public redeemed feminine expression by their very boldness.
Decisions about when and how to pray should be made by Americans without interference from the government.
We pray for the unemployed, the overworked, for those who work in the mass media.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols also asked the congregation at St Chad's Cathedral to pray and fast for peace in the Middle East.